The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.
©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Yes I would. There were so many pieces to this puzzle, I know I missed details and the narrator was perfect. I will definately listen to this one again.
There were so many, but one of my favorite scenes was when Strike took Robin shopping and she pretended to be his sister. You get your first real glimpse of Robin's charachter and realize what an asset she will be to Strike outside of organizing his office.
I've never listened to a book narrated by Robert Glenister and I will now be searching him out. He was brilliant. Each charachter was clearly defined. I cannot imagine reading the book now that I have listened to his magic.
I have to admit I was one of those people that bought the book after J.K. Rowling was outed as the author. However, it took me some time to actually listen to it as I was in the middle of a long series when I purchased it. By the time I started listening I had completely forgotten who the author was and did not recall until I was a few hours in. I hope we will see more of Cormoran Strike and Robin from Ms. Rowling or Mr. Gilbraith.
Say something about yourself! I am a runner and avid listener to books. Audible allow me to do my two favorite things at the same time.
Cuckoo's Calling will keep calling you back to a good listen. It was what you would expect from a mystery. Predictable but a fun story line and likable characters. Of course all of JK Rowling's books are held up to the gold standard of the Harry Potter series and will never compare.
Yet this is a fun and engaging story.
This was enjoyable and kept me listening.
I think the author really shines when it comes to character building.
This is the only performance of Robert Glenister's that I have heard.
No extreme reaction, although maybe a quick laugh or two. Definitely a smile!
I really want more Strike!
The funny thing is that I listened to the book on a whim, really liked it, and did a web search for the author to see if there was more! So, JK Rowling can write. The book is well written and the characters are really interesting, fun and well developed. That's what we expect from Ms. Rowling... no wonder she was trying to fly under the radar!
This story does not disappoint! Now, do we get 7 years of Strike? Seems only fair!
This book is one of the best audiobooks I've encountered.
Cormorant Strike is the epitome of the gnarled and effective private investigator who is interested in justice. That's just the way he is.
This is the first. He was excellent and made all of the characters real.
It has a dry wit that made me smile at times. What I enjoyed was the easy-to-drink-in writing, the vivid characters, and way the author breathed life into a well worn genre. The interactions between Cormorant and Robin were very good.
I'm glad I took a chance on this one based on reviews. A well thought out mystery with an interesting main character. Perhaps a series in the works? I enjoyed the pace of the book. I felt like there was enough tiime to get to know all the characters fully. The performance was impressive considering all of the various accents used throughout.
I had no idea of the author's true identity when I downloaded this book. Perhaps it would have kept me away and that would have been a shame.
Not sure why this got such high ratings. I listen to about 1 novel a week, and this one I could not finish. I kept drifting off to other thoughts... it was so boring and slow moving. The painfully over-detailed scenes, and long dragged out interviews of every person the PI spoke to were too much! Not happy I wasted a credit.
Only good thing was the narrator, He was great!
This was a great story! Great characters, interesting story, and a perfect amount of humor and humanity. The narrator did a wonderful job of delivering each character and the subtly nuances of each of them.
I can normally guess the end of a book long before I've reached then end. But with this story I had my suspects all of which where wrong.
I have not listened to Robert Glenister's other audio performances but this was a perfect performance.
There's a part where the main character Strike and his assistant finally bond. It was a sweet scene and felt real.
I really did love this book, and I do hope to see more of Strike and Robin. I hope that JK Rowling doesn't let the fact that her pen name was found out hold her back from writing more. This book was a great success and I would be very sad if the story of Strike ended here.
I hope the main character features in sequels in the future, Comoran Strike is such an
appealing personality. He reminds me of Harry Hole in the Jo Nesbo books...damaged,
rough, and completely endearing in his faults and intellect.
The narrator did a marvelous job with all the characters....seamless and believable.
This is a fully-realized novel, bursting with great characters who you can't wait to meet again. The other reviewers have described the story, and it's a great one. Fabulous layers of depth in the characters, diverse and real. Highly, highly recommended!
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